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Professor Lorraine Farrelly

Portrait of Head of School of Architecture Lorraine Farrelly
  • Head of Architecture
  • Foundation Professor in Architecture.

Areas of interest

  • Academic teaching and learning environments in Higher Education  
  • Representation and drawing techniques
  • Urban design and masterplanning
  • Innovative materials in the interior environment
  • Housing relating to aspects of lifetime homes/live work environments/mixed use developments.

Academic qualifications

PP Arch. RIBA Part 3, Part 2, Dip. Arch, Part 1, BA (Hons)

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Fellowship, Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA)
  • Member, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Qualified architect, Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Selected publications

New Publication

Guest edited by Lorraine Farrelly

Designing for the Third Age: Architecture Redefined for a Generation of "Active Agers" (Architectural Design)

ISBN: 978-1-118-45272-1


Current Writing Projects

January 2013

Editing Special edition of Buildings online journal


January 2013July 2013

Editing Architectural Design (AD) edition Design for the Third Age on Ageing Population – referring to housing and other architectural and design solutions for active agers using international references and studies – any suggestions for case studies please contact me.


Authored books

  • Representational techniques for Architecture, Bloomsbury Publishers. Co Authored Nicola Crowson November 2014. Book on representation and drawing in architecture, pp 183, ISBN 978-1-4725-1
  • Fundamentals of Architecture 2nd edition book on an introduction to architecture July 2012 AVA publishers
  • The Interior and Materials August 2012 Laurence King Publishers publication 2012 Co Authored : Racheal Brown pp 192 ISBN 978-185669-759-0
  • Drawing for Urban Design Laurence King Publishers publication 2010 pp 192 ISBN 978-185669-718-7
  • Materials and Construction, book, Ava publishers, 2008 ISBN 978-2940373833 pp 176 in English, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Architectural representation techniques book on representation and drawing in architecture. 2007 ISBN 2-940373-62-0 Ava publishers pp 176 : On the list for the RIBA International book of the year award 2008 in English, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Fundamentals in Architecture, book on an introduction to architecture September 2007 ISBN 978-2-940373-48-2 AVA publishers pp 176: On the list for the RIBA International book of the year award 2008 in English, French, German , Spanish, Chinese
  • Interior Structures Bars and Restaurants Wiley: Paperback second edition ISBN 0471489530 published December 2004 pp 208
  • Interior Tools Interior Tactics: Debates in Interiors Theory and Practice Libri Publishers August 2011 Chapter, Farrelly Mitchell ISBN 978-1-907471-14-8

Career path

Lorraine qualified as an architect in 1999. She worked professionally as architect and interior designer in London and in practices across Hampshire. Her research interests include a multi-disciplinary approach to architecture at various scales, through understanding ideas of interior detail to urban concepts. She ran degree and Master's in Architecture courses and led the Master's in Architecture at the University of Portsmouth. She wrote undergraduate and master's courses in Architecture and aligned design disciplines. She ran an urban design studio working with students, which has made mixed use and housing proposals for European sites and competitions in Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Venice, Rotterdam, London, Dublin and also on regional sites in the UK considering new town and regeneration projects.


As an architect, Lorraine completed projects ranging from the interior fit-out of bars and restaurants and retail design through to individual house design, school design and public spaces. She has written books across a range of subjects from representation and drawing, urban investigation and analysis to materials and interior space. She works with the RIBA to regularly Chair validation of Schools of Architecture in the UK and internationally. She is an external examiner at schools across the UK. Currently she is external examiner at Robert Gordon University and the University of Bath.


Lorraine is Chair of the South Coast Design review advising on strategic master planning projects regionally. This review process is an important aspect of raising standards of design of buildings and public space, through active discussion during the planning process.


  • Farrelly, L. (2013) New occupancy. In: Brooker, G. and Weinthal, L. , (eds.) The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design. Bloomsbury , New York. pp. 139-151. ISBN: 1847887457